Blog: Danielle vs. Girvan Grille Ghost Wing Challenge

Written by: Danielle MoonPosted on: October 2, 2013Posted in: Dining/Food

We all know buffalo-wing fans love spice.  At Girvan Grille at Edinburgh USA in Brooklyn Park, MN buffalo-wing lovers can find one of the spiciest, most fire-breathing batch of wings in America.  They’re so spicy that Girvan Grille created a food challenge for anyone daring to try. It’s called the Ghost Wings Challenge and the wings are so spicy that they make you sign a waiver before participating.

Chef Jim Malinewski has been serving these babies up for the past 4 years.  In 2010, he won the title of Best Wings by City Pages Minneapolis mainly because, even though they’re extremely hot, they have immense flavor (which most challenges such as this lack).

I sat down with Chef Jim and chatted about the origins of this challenge.  He showed me how the wings are prepared and I even tried a couple myself (I like spicy so I thought “what the heck… I might as well try it”).  You can watch the video below.

As you can tell in the video, I only ate 2 wings. That means I was only 8 away from completing the challenge!  Though I’m pretty sure if I wanted to try and go for the entire 10, the fire department would have to be there to hose down my mouth. Those suckers are hot.

Now you’re probably wondering just how hot these wings are.  Let me put it into perspective: Bhut Jolokia peppers (also known as ghost peppers) are 855,000 Scoville heat units - that’s nearly 300 times hotter than a jalapeno pepper!  It’s currently the second hottest pepper in the world – the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion was named the hottest in 2012.

Do you think you have what it takes to conquer the Ghost Wings Challenge? Here are some rules and information you need to know first:

  • Cost is $12 to participate.
  • You have to eat 10 ghost wings in 15 minutes.
  • No other food or beverage may be consumed during the entire 15 minutes.
  • No bathroom breaks allowed.
  • Wings must be completely eaten.
  • Successful challengers will be awarded a Girvan Grille Ghost Wings Challenge tee shirt.
  • Successful challengers will be pictured in Girvan Grille’s “Wall of Flame” album on Facebook!
  • Minors must have parental permission.

The waiver is pretty funny:
WAIVER- I understand that Ghost Wings are extremely spicy hot. Good hot wings always burn twice. Girvan Grille is not responsible for next day discomfort. Girvan Grille is not responsible for all other wings tasting bland and lifeless after consuming our Ghost Wings.

My advice: once you start eating, don’t stop.  It gets hotter as you wait. 

Good Luck!

Visit the Girvan Grille website for more information about the Ghost Wings Challenge.

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